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Woman fatally shoots home invader near Tampa, Hillsborough Co. Sheriff's Office says

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Posted at 10:49 AM, Oct 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-31 10:49:09-04

LITHIA, Fla. (AP) — Investigators say a woman fatally shot one of two intruders during a home invasion near Tampa.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Major Frank Losat tells news outlets that two men broke into the home in Lithia Wednesday night and made demands of the residents.

Losat says when one of the intruders began pistol whipping the male homeowner, the woman retrieved her legally owned firearm and fired one round. She struck one of the men.

Arriving deputies found one suspect's body in a nearby ditch. The other fled in a vehicle. Authorities were searching for him early Thursday.

Losat says the male homeowner was taken to a hospital where he's listed in stable condition.

The Tampa Bay Times reports investigators believe the family was targeted and the home invasion was not random.